It’s a dream come true for a Middleboro teen who had his wish of spending the day with the Red Sox granted.
14-year-old Dominic Driscoll was joined by his family on Saturday for a game of a lifetime. Driscoll and his family got a VIP Fenway Park experience by touring the ballpark, seeing the inside of the Green Monster, and watching batting practice from the field.
Driscoll, who has undergone three open heart surgeries, is one of the top amateur power-hitting and pitching prospects in the country, according to Make a Wish.
He hopes to be the first player with congenital heart disease to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team.
To make it even better, Driscoll threw out the ceremonial first pitch, wearing a custom jersey gifted to him by the team.
The Driscoll family was able to watch the game from Pavilion Club seats, as the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-5, thanks to a three-run home run by Adam Duvall late in the game.
In April, Dom’s “wish reveal” came true at the Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Gala, when David “Big Papi” Ortiz brought Dominic on stage to tell him that his wish would be granted.
“Being able to make a wish happen is an honor, it’s one of the biggest home runs that I could ever hit,” said Ortiz at the wish reveal.
The cherry on top of everything was having David Ortiz take Driscoll into the clubhouse before the game
Driscoll raises awareness and funding for congenital heart disease charities, a cause close to Ortiz’s heart and the focus of The David Ortiz Children’s Fund.
“We cannot thank the Red Sox and Big Papi enough for providing such unforgettable experiences for Dom and so many of our wish children,” said Amy Carroll, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island Vice President of Mission Delivery. “Looking forward to an experience with their favorite team or athlete gives these kids something to hold onto during treatments, and it reminds them that there is so much joy in a world that is often very difficult for them and their families.”
This year, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island celebrate its 40th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Red Sox will host Make-A-Wish Day at the game on September 9 vs. the Baltimore Orioles.
Fans purchasing tickets through the promotion will receive an exclusive Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island branded replica Red Sox jersey, and a portion of ticket sales will benefit the organization’s mission of granting life-changing wishes for local children with critical illnesses.
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